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Zebra crossings create debate

ROMANTIC zebra crossings in a central China city have sparked controversy with some saying they beautify the streets and others are concerned they may affect traffic.

From this month, designs other than the traditional white bars have appeared at eight pedestrian crossings in Luoyang City, Henan Province, yesterday's Henan Business Daily reported.

The designs, created by the city's traffic police, are in tune with their surroundings, said a traffic policeman surnamed Guo.

For example, a red peony - Luoyang's city flower - appears on a crossing in the city's downtown area, and the phrase "I Love You" is on a crossing near a hospital. Two hearts can be seen at a crossing near Wangcheng Park, a popular meeting place for lovers, and the Olympic rings are on a crossing near Luo°?yang Stadium.

Guo said the designs, painted within the crossings, would not confuse drivers or pedestrians. Guo admitted some pedestrians had been standing on the designs to have their photographs taken, but said this had not affected traffic so far.

But the designs have drawn negative reactions from some Netizens. "Hefeng" said they were not standard and might confuse drivers.

"Liu Xinchao" also worried the patterns did not adhere to the nation's standard zebra crossing design.

But "Fanhualuojin" said the zebra crossings should keep up with the times. As well as its function as a traffic sign, a zebra crossing should provide a positive effect on its surroundings, he argued.


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